Food & Recipes

How to Bring Back Applebee’s® Crispy Orange Skillet

Not long ago I got a desperate message from C. J. Coffman who lives in Michigan. It seems that he

Home & Family, Laundry

Forget the Dry Cleaner: How to Wash a Down Comforter

If you’ve ever wondered if it’s okay to wash your down comforter without taking it to the dry cleaners, the

Home & Family

Make Your Kitchen Look Like New for $300 and Some Sweat

Recently I walked into Amy and Justin’s kitchen and my jaw dropped. It was like I’d stumbled into the wrong

Home & Family, Money and Finances

Have You Given Yourself That $1,400 After-Tax Raise Yet?

If there’s one thing that I love about my loyal readers, it’s how responsive you are. Sometimes you like what

Dear Mary

Strollers, Rust Stains, Green ‘Dawn’ and … Soilove UPDATE!

Children learn by asking questions. Students learn by asking questions. New recruits learn by asking questions. I learn by asking

Food & Recipes

Movie Night: A Poppin’ Good Time!

If you love popcorn (who doesn’t?) you might be interested to know that the typical American consumes 68 quarts of

Dear Mary

Teaching Readers ‘How to Fish’ and Get Rid of Pet Odors, Too

Dear Readers: Yesterday I opened my mailbox to find 1) a letter from Jenn, asking me to send her my


Beat Cost of Satellite Radio, Unlock Keurig 2.0 Brewer, and Trap Japanese Beetles

When my boys were really young, I had them convinced that I knew everything. More than that, I could read


When It Comes to Storing Bananas, Don’t Believe Old Wives’ Tale

For years, I believed an old wives’ tale that bananas will turn black and spoil almost instantly if you put

Mary's Perspective

What to Do While You Wait for Things to Return to Normal

Life on earth has never been perfect, but you’d have a hard time convincing some people of that. It’s not

Mary's Perspective

We’ve Become a Nation of Softies

Compared to my grandmother, I’m a lazy bum. Instead of hiring others to do domestic services for them, she and

Outdoors and Garden

Hands Down the Best Way to Kill Weeds and It’s Not Roundup

In 1970, John Franz, a chemist for Monsanto, discovered that the chemical glyphosate is a potent herbicide that kills just

Outdoors and Garden, Tips

Residential Rehab for the Birds

If you’re planning a home rehab—or in the throes of that right now—just imagine how wonderful it would be if


Remove Clay Stains from Baseball Uniforms Plus Six More Useful Tips

If you’ve got kids, chances are pretty good you know how difficult it can be to remove grass stains, red

Mary's Perspective, Shopping

Want What You Have, Buy What You Need

Years ago, I read in The New York Times that according to Yankelvich Research, the average American adult is the

Guest Post

A Flying Lesson

When I was about six years old, I really wanted to fly. If there had been a school for flying,


Wasp Traps, Cheap Reads and More Great Reader Tips

There’s nothing I enjoy more than opening my mail to find it stuffed with my readers’ money- and time-saving tips.

Mary's Perspective

My Secret Financial Security Blanket

If I had a dollar for every stupid purchase I’ve made in my life, I’d be a wealthy woman. My

Dear Mary, Home & Family, Laundry

Using Regular Detergent in a High-Efficiency Washer is Risky Business

If you’ve ever wondered what’s the difference between regular laundry detergents and those designated as “High Efficiency” or HE, if

Dear Mary

Questions About Shrimp Sauce, Cloudy Glassware and Tire Inflators

Dear Mary: Recently you gave us some fantastic recipes to make our own sauces at home (It’s All About That

Food & Recipes

In a Pinch You Can Use This for That

Have you ever discovered you’re all out of a certain ingredient just when you’re in the middle of preparing a

Home & Family, Tips

Every Home’s Most Overlooked (Free!) Heating and Cooling Devices

Who doesn’t love learning about a money-saving tactic or investment that result in a net savings of thousands of dollars

Home & Family, Mary's Perspective

Improve Your Life: Join a Group

Every night my friend Mary Ann does the unthinkable. She sets her alarm for 4:30 a.m. because every morning she